Shahid Azmi, the lawyer for Faheem Ansari, accused of helping the Lashkar-e-Taiba in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, has been killed. Azmi’s life, well reported and also depicted in Hansal Mehta’s film Shahid, was full of twists and turns with some contentious events. After Kashimji’s murder, his wife advocate Nusrath Fatima joined Poojary as one of his six juniors. Fight against prejudice, battle the oppressors, support the underdog.” This quotation could be seen hanging both at his gate and the desk of his office in Mumbai. Jamiat Ulema did not help us in his murder trial in spite of the struggles we were facing, says advocate Shahid Azmi's brother Khalid. Advocate Khalid Azmi, Shahid’s younger brother and an intervener in the case, told The Wire that while the case was taking too much time, he was satisfied with the way it was being handled by the public prosecutor. “Shahid bhai’s murder changed my life” he recalls. Remembering Shahid Azmi, a patron of justice and a victim of intolerance . Though his absence can’t be compensated, we keep his memory alive” “Many deaths are forgotten, but not Shahid’s. His answer to his feelings towards the victims of the blasts ably illustrates what he had lived and died for. Shahid’s journey has inspired many. On 11 February 2010, his lawyer Shahid Azmi was murdered in what was suspected by authorities to be a professional contract killing. At age 14, Azmi was arrested (or detained) by Mumbai police for indulging in violence during the 1992 Mumbai communal riots. [11], Azmi then had represented the accused in the 7/11 Mumbai local train blasts, the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul, the 2006 Malegaon blasts case. . Category News & Politics These motivating words quoted from American criminal lawyer Roy Black for years inspired Shahid Azmi till he was gunned down in his office on … Khan is absolutely right in saying that it’s difficult to match Azmi’s calibre and courage, as in a brief career of only seven years, he secured the acquittal of 17 men charged with terrorism. And if you have an iota of doubt about this, just count the number of programmes being organised in Delhi, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal among others, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of his murder. Remembering Adv Shahid Azmi, journalist Nikhil Dixit, who knew him from his journalism school days, says in a story in DNA: Shahid Azmi often joked that he would be felled by bullets. Produced by Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra and UTV, 'Shahid' tells the story of Azmi's "death and life in that order". Six years ago an on February 11, Shahid Azmi, an advocate famously known as a crusader of justice was killed when he was just 32-year-old. In April 2009, a Mangalore-based lawyer, Naushad Kashimji, was killed. [1] Furthermore, several petitions filed by Azmi were combined into a single case for dramatic effect in the film. –Shahid Azmi (1977-2010) This courage to stand up for those accused of crimes which were tried as much in the media as in the courtrooms –and decided as much by the ‘collective conscience’ as by law – defined Shahid’s life, and in the end his death as well. While gunning down Mumbai-based lawyer Shahid Azmi on February 11, 2010, his killers must have thought that this act would strike terror within the Muslim community, especially amongst its youth. Sometimes, answers to deep philosophical questions emerge from a single life. Her son, Shahid Azmi, a Mumbai-based lawyer handling criminal and human rights cases at trial courts as well the High Court, had just returned from work. Mumbai: Shahid Azmi, the lawyer who defended 26/11 Indian accused Fahim Ansari, was shot dead in his office on Thursday evening. According to him, out of 108 witnesses, the case is … The death of Shahid Azmi in the evening of February 11, 2010 is in a series of lawyers thrashed, shot at, injured or killed across the country in the aftermath of bomb blasts. It was a call from his office assistant and court clerk, Inder. This, admittedly was, just a re-enactment of an incident in the director's own life as against that of Azmi. They entered through the door of his chamber, shot two bullets at his chest, and fled. "[15], Then in April 2011, while the accused were in a sessions court at Kala Ghoda, for a hearing the police caught a man named Munna reportedly of Navlekar gang, with a weapon and live cartridges in the court premises, who had come allegedly to free the accused. (more…) He says there are several others in his home town who want to practice law like Azmi. (more…) By teaching me what pain and humiliation were all about, he awakened my heart to mercy. The death of Shahid Azmi in the evening of February 11, 2010 is in a series of lawyers thrashed, shot at, injured or killed across the country in the aftermath of bomb … The film has a scene in which Mr Azmi's face is blackened by assailants outside the court room. [1] Gujarat Files, a 2016 book by Rana Ayyub is dedicated to Shahid Azmi along with advocate and activist Mukul Sinha. He knew Azmi personally. August 24, 2017 4:28 am. Shahid Azmi was famous for taking cases of terror accused or people arrested under TADA act. [7][8][9], It was during his stay at Tihar Jail, that he started his college education, first graduation followed by a postgraduate course in creative writing; once he was acquitted of the charges, he went to study for a law degree (LLM) in Mumbai. Mumbai: ‘Shahid’ director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his death anniversary. Many of the cases were fought pro bono in consultation with NGOs, like Jamat-e-Ulema-e-Hind. In the movie, there is a sequence where Shahid defends Faheem Ansari who is accused of perpetrating the 26/11 attacks. Yadav also remembers meeting a young Muslim woman lawyer in Amroha, a small town in western Uttar Pradesh, who like Azmi, wants to fight for justice. This is a huge loss to our society, my family. Shahid Azmi was himself arrested in 1999 and accused of being involved in a plot to kill a prominent Mumbai politicians. On 3 May 2010, Ansari and the co-accused Sabauddin Shaikh were acquitted of any complicity in the attacks. When asked as to why Intelligence Bureau would indulge in such acts against national interests, he said it was to stereotype Muslims and lobby for stringent laws[17]. Mumbai: ‘Shahid’ director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his death anniversary. His Case- While Shahid changed and put his lawyer’s uniform to rest for the day, Rehana started preparing tea for him. Actually not . [5] Shahid Azmi was married to Maryam of an affluent Assamese descendant whom he later divorced. This enraged me and I joined the resistance. He was killed by unidentified assailants in his office on February 11, 2010. We don’t want to forget his death. They have planned a meeting where they will raise the issue and condemn the murder. MUMBAI: The murder of defence lawyer Shahid Azmi has shocked the legal community not just in Mumbai, but across the country. [8][18] Shahid, the … He cites the example of a young girl named Firdaus Siddiqui, a, Malegaon-born and brought up advocate Shahid Nadeem agrees with Yadav. Shahid Azmi’s life (1977-2010) exemplifies one answer to this perennial question. [11] In July 2008, Azmi filed a petition in the High Court alleging that the accused in the 7/11 Mumbai blasts, then lodged in the Arthur Road Jail, were being tortured. Shahid Azmi … Mumbai: Shahid director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his death anniversary. –Shahid Azmi (1977-2010) This courage to stand up for those accused of crimes which were tried as much in the media as in the courtrooms –and decided as much by the ‘collective conscience’ as by law – defined Shahid’s life, and in the end his death as well. 591 likes. Azmi was not the first Muslim lawyer to have been killed. Nine years after his death his case is still being heard across courts in Mumbai. “While I was studying law in Malegaon, it was my dream to work with him, which I eventually did. “I was a boy with an ambition to become a pilot and, therefore, chose to study science after my 10th standard, only to join a flying academy later on.” But then, on the first anniversary of Azmi’s murder, he read an article about his life and work and immediately decided to become a lawyer. lawyer in 2003. [11] In his brief career of seven years, he secured 17 acquittals in court. It was a life which took to the legal profession with the objective of using law as a shield and tool in the quest for justice. As he said to The Times of India in an interview, "I had seen policemen killing people from my community. Six years ago an on February 11, Shahid Azmi, an advocate famously known as a crusader of justice was killed when he was just 32-year-old. Advocate Khalid Azmi, Shahid’s younger brother and an intervener in the case, told The Wire that while the case was taking too much time, he was satisfied with the way it was being handled by the public prosecutor. They all want to be like him (Azmi),” he points out. “Shahid” director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his Death Anniversary.. Speaking to The Wire, Yadav says that he has by now met dozens of youth who wish to become like Azmi and carry on his legacy by doing something similar to what he was doing. But it was for a very brief time, just for about a month and a half month.”. Shahid Azmi also represented one of the men accused of involvement in the 2007 Mumbai attacks, who went on to be acquitted shortly after Azmi’s death. It was a life which took to the legal profession with the objective of using law as a shield and tool in the quest for justice. Remembering Shahid on his death anniversary his brother, Khalid Azmi says, “The loss is irreparable. Though he was taken to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, he was soon declared dead. It is not a surprise that among the guiding principles of his life were the following words by Roy Black, a New York-based civil and criminal defence lawyer “By showing me injustice, he taught me to love justice. [9], He was killed on 11 February 2010 in his office at Taxi Men colony in Kurla, when four gunmen entered his office and shot two bullets, point blank and fled. Shahid Azmi also represented one of the men accused of involvement in the 2007 Mumbai attacks, who went on to be acquitted shortly after Azmi’s death. In short, for those who conspired to see Azmi dead, he might be long dead and gone. Like Azmi, Kashimji (with the help of his mentor and senior advocate Purshottam Poojary) had taken up cases for those whose lawyers were not willing to represent them. Though his absence can’t be compensated, we keep his memory alive. Through these hardships, I learned hard lessons. “I know that it is almost impossible to fill the void that was created by his murder. On February 11, 2010, a young Mumbai lawyer, Shahid Azmi, was assassinated in his chamber, by a group of armed men. This is a huge loss to our society, my family. Singh was with Azmi in the office when bullets were pumped into Shahid’s body. [12], Couple of months later, in June 2010, Inder Singh, who was Azmi's peon at the time and the lone eyewitness of the assassination, lodged a complaint alleging receiving a threatening call, which was later traced to Gujarat. The film had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival's 'City to City' programme in September 2013 and is released on 18 October 2013 in India. Since he was a juvenile, he was let off leniently and did not serve time in jail. Released in 2013, “Shahid” is based on the true story of Azmi.He was killed by unidentified assailants in his office on February 11, 2010. Produced by Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra and UTV, 'Shahid' tells the story of Azmi's "death and life in that order". He was beaten up in the Lucknow court premises by fellow lawyers in 2007, for defying the diktat of the bar association. At the moment Inder Singh, who was the assistant at Shahid’s office in Kurla, is being presented in the court as witness to murder. Shahid (2012) A biopic on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, Shahid, helmed by Hansal Mehta starred Rajkummar Rao. Eight years since that fateful day when Advocate Shahid Azmi, fondly remembered as Shahid was killed on February 11, 2010, but it is as if he never died. Azmi is the third lawyer killed in Mumbai. Biopic is a territory where very few Bollywood filmmakers want to tread, but Hansal Mehta was not apprehensive to take on the real-life story of slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi even though people dissuaded him. While two of the accused – Vinod Vichare and Pintu Dhagle – have been granted bail, two others – Devendra Jagtap and Hasmukh Solanki – continue to be behind bars. On 3 May 2010, Ansari and the co-accused Sabauddin Shaikh were acquitted of any complicity in the attacks. It’s the same chair Shahid Azmi sat on, in the same office in Kurla, Mumbai, where the 32-year-old lawyer was shot dead by assailants over two years ago. Remembering Shahid Azmi, a patron of justice and a victim of intolerance . He spent seven years in Delhi's Tihar Jail. Justice was the key word in his life. According to him, out of 108 witnesses, the case is … In short, for those who conspired to see Azmi dead, he might be long dead and gone. Shahid Azmi (1977 – 11 February 2010) was an Indian lawyer best known for defending cases of persons accused of terrorism. We don’t want to forget his death. The cases handled by him were almost exclusively of defending cases for those accused of terrorism. Rajkummar essayed the role of Azmi in the film and won the best actor National award. Mumbai, February 11: Seven years ago on February 11, a low-profile 32-year-old advocate Shahid Azmi was killed at his office in Kurla’s Taximen colony in Mumbai. Biopic is a territory where very few Bollywood filmmakers want to tread, but Hansal Mehta was not apprehensive to take on the real-life story of slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi even though people dissuaded him. Disturbed by the 1993 riots, Azmi fled to Kashmir to take up arms against the state - though his family denies any knowledge of this. His mobile rang. But, Azmi’s death seems to have worked to achieve the opposite, as eight years into his killing, many Muslims (and I am sure non-Muslims as well) are on their way to fight for justice, or to become a Shahid Azmi in their own right. (April 2009). Ansari was acquitted of all the charges by the Supreme Court of India due to lack of evidence on 19 August 2012. They have planned a meeting where they will raise the issue and condemn the murder. While gunning down Mumbai-based lawyer Shahid Azmi on February 11, 2010, his killers must have thought that this act would strike terror within the Muslim community, especially amongst its … Nampally: Hyderabadis remembered the zealous advocate of Mumbai, Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated by unidentified men at his office ten years back.Speakers recalled how he … In the acquittal, the Judge blasted the Mumbai police for the case it made against him and Sabauddin Shaikh. On 11 February 2010, his lawyer Shahid Azmi was murdered in what was suspected by authorities to be a professional contract killing. Among the cases Azmi was representing as a defence lawyer was the 26/11 terror attack. February 11, 2012. In 2003, he began practising as a criminal defense lawyer in Mumbai, where his uncle, Abu Azmi, was a prominent politician. He was shot dead by four assailants in his office in Kurla, Mumbai on 11 February 2010 at the age of 32. [14] On 20 January 2011, MCOCA court dropped the MCOCA charges levelled against the accused in the police chargesheet as it found no evidence suggesting "pecuniary gains were made in the crime, a mandatory aspect for MCOCA charges. And that is the message that I want to give.”. It is worth recalling that Azmi and Kashimji worked in an environment when their own legal fraternity was against them. Shahid Azmi’s life (1977-2010) exemplifies one answer to this perennial question. The murder of lawyer Shahid Azmi has brought the legal fraternity together with bar associations across Mumbai planning to discuss the security of lawyers dealing with terror-related and underworld cases. Shahid Azmi was shot dead on February 11, 2010 and eight years, and at least 12 court transfers later, the trial of the four men accused of murdering him is yet to begin. Through this, I intend to send a strong message to the evil fascist elements that they can’t be a barrier for justice by killing a young lawyer, who stood for justice and upheld constitutional values.” After finishing his law course last year from SDM Law College, Mangalore (Karnataka), Riyas is now practicing in his home district Kasargod. Apart from studying law, she is assisting Mohammed Shoaib, who is one of the few lawyers in the state fighting cases of the terror-accused for a couple of years now. “But in spite of all that, it will never be easy for me to see an innocent being sent behind bars or to the gallows only because the crime alleged was a bomb blast.”. That it would deter those who’d dare to follow in the footsteps of their dearly loved lawyer – instilling in them the fear of an untimely and abrupt end. He did not believe in just whining about what he had to go through, but moving beyond that and working and fighting for those who were going through a similar situation. A biographical Hindi film based on his life titled, Shahid (2013) starring Rajkummar Rao, was directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Anurag Kashyap. “I am pained, the heart bleeds when I hear what they have endured,” he had said. Released in 2013, Shahid is based on the true story of Azmi. Singh was with Azmi in the office when bullets were pumped into Shahid’s body. Responding to the petition, the court ordered an inquiry in the case, and the allegations were found to be true. In the wake of terror attacks, several bar associations across the country had passed resolutions that forbid members from representing those accused in terror cases. You can kill a person but not the idea that he believed in and practiced. IT HAS been seven years since advocate Shahid Azmi was shot dead in his office at Taximen’s colony in Kurla on February 11, 2010. Before his murder Azmi had secured the acquittal of more than a dozen youth languishing in jail on false charges, and was representing another 50 accused under the various terror laws. The murder of lawyer Shahid Azmi has brought the legal fraternity together with bar associations across Mumbai planning to discuss the security of lawyers dealing with terror-related and underworld cases. Shahid, the nephew of Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi… But it was for a very brief time, just for about a month and a half month.”. Nine years after his death his case is still being heard across courts in Mumbai. Azmi’s was not an ordinary fight, and despite all the hurdles and lack of resources that he faced, he did things for people that would take a lifetime for others to achieve. 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